The Monday Mantra Experiment: Creating Happier Mondays


I hate Mondays.  I think most of us do!  It’s not that we don’t love our jobs — we just love the weekend more!  What’s even worse than Monday is the dreadful feeling that comes to us Sunday afternoon.  Sometimes, the moment we arrive home from our Sunday family lunches is when it dawns to us that the weekend’s almost over.  Some of us stay up late on Sunday nights worrying about Monday.  I, myself, sleep past midnight on Sundays in an effort to hold on to dear weekend.  Because of this, we wake up feeling tired Monday morning, and it remains that way throughout the day.

Let’s try to change that, shall we?

Last week, I experimented on a Monday Mantra to help ease my way through a PMS-ey week.  I wrote it down on a little post-it and placed it on my cubicle wall.  Because I felt so tired from so much stress and drama the previous week, I wanted the new week to be positive, so my mantra was this:

Yoga Chant

It’s a yoga chant that translates to: “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute to that happiness and freedom for all.”  The chant was too complicated to memorize so I just kept on repeating “happy and free” to myself whenever I felt some negative vibes.  In all fairness, I think it worked.  There were, of course, moments when I gave in to negativity, but all in all, I can say that the week has indeed been happy and free.

This coming Monday and for the upcoming week, my new mantra is this:  “If it’s to be, it’s up to me”.  I lifted it from the title of a book by Thomas B. Smith.  It’s a reminder that everything I want to happen will happen if I make them happen.  I’ll start chanting this to myself in a couple of hours when I start feeling the Shmonday* apprehension.  I hope it keeps me motivated throughout the week.

I will try to create a mantra every Monday and see if it does change my mindset in the long run.

What’s YOUR Monday Mantra?  Start with your intention for the week, then come up with a fitting mantra that captures it.  Whatever it is, I hope you keep it in your phones, on your desk, or any place visible to you, and I hope it helps make your week an awesome one!  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great Monday!

*Shmonday definition: that painful transition period from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning (Urban Dictionary)

4 Comments on The Monday Mantra Experiment: Creating Happier Mondays

  1. Patty | MrsC
    March 24, 2014 at 11:38 am (5 years ago)

    My Monday Mantra, at least for today, is goferit! As in, go for it, but screamed out loud with super passion that it sounds like it’s just one word – goferit! Lol. :) Yes, I am weird like that.

    Hope yours was a happy Monday!

    • Carmel
      March 25, 2014 at 2:57 am (5 years ago)

      Goferit! Haha I love it, it does keep you pumped up. 😀 Enjoy the rest of the week, Patty!

  2. Martine | WAHM. Wife. Blogging Belle.
    March 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm (5 years ago)

    My Monday Mantra for this week has got to be “Just breathe.” It’s a hectic week, and it’s only beginning. Don’t get me wrong: I’m happy about all the work I’ll be doing. It’s all part of the bigger plans I have for this year, but as with any dream, there are rough edges. I’m praying that I will breathe in joy, strength and positivity in EVERYTHING I do, and breathe out gratitude.

    Nice post, Carms!

    • Carmel
      March 25, 2014 at 3:00 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Martine! This is a nice mantra. Most of the time we forget to “just breathe” when things get hectic, but just breathing can surprisingly work wonders. :) Good luck on all your tasks this week! I see some of your projects on Instagram and they’re pretty exciting! 😉


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